Civil Engineering has been an integral part of human existence. For example, without Civil Engineering we wouldn’t have wonders such as the Egyptian Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, the Ancient Greek Parthenon and perhaps the most prestigious of all engineering feats throughout time – the Channel Tunnel.
Okay, perhaps the Euro Tunnel isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you think of international landmarks. However, compared to Build designs, Civil Engineering projects are often complex and involve many technical, economic, social and environmental factors, like providing us with bridges, highways, motorways, water treatment, railways and more.
Perhaps one of the most impressive feats of Civil Engineering in the modern world is the Burj Khalifa. Standing at an impressive 829.8 m (2,722ft) it remains one of the most visually impressive structures in the world, holding over 10 world records.
Similarly, in the UK, although not as tall as the Burj Khalifa, the Shard is 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) tall and is the dominant feature in the London skyline.
Could You be a Part of the Future?
Here at Maxim Recruitment we’re specialists in the field of recruiting for Quantity Surveyors and illustrious Civil Engineering projects and in 2015 alone, some of the most exhilarating visions are coming to life and we’re very excited to be part of them, and you could be too.
For those with experience within the Water sector – This year we move into the sixth Asset Management Period (More commonly known as AMP6) consisting of the vital upgrade to ages-old water treatment infrastructure all across the UK. Part of this is the Thames Tideway project; this involves the upgrade from the outdated Victorian sewerage system that runs deep below the busy streets of London.
Water isn’t the only sector within Civil Engineering that is seeing tenders won for multi-million GBP projects. The hot topic currently on everyone’s lips is High Speed 2, the almost impossibly fast direct-line that will run from London to Birmingham in a blistering 49 minutes by reaching speeds of 250mph. Upon successful completion of the first phase of HS2, further phases which will revolutionise public transport in the UK are due to be implemented.
Crossrail is another ingenious innovation; it will link Berkshire and Buckinghamshire via London with Essex and Kent. Away from the capital, the more Northern among you will know of the Northern Hub, the capacity-boosting programme which will provide space for millions more passengers per year. With the epicentre, the Manchester Victoria Station receiving a £16 million upgrade.
Civil Engineering Across the UK
Before it seems like the Rail & Water sectors are having all of the fun, there are many more Civil Engineering projects across the UK, leading to many questioning if this is the Golden Age of Civil Engineering in the UK, such as:
- The £45 million Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme
- The new Borders Railway which will connect Edinburgh with the small town of Tweedbank, costing£294m
- The expansion of the Brighton Marina Village costing a massive £250 million and will involve the creation of 853 flats and almost 2,000sqm of shops and leisure space
- The Heysham to M6 Link Road in Lancashire
- A 1.7 mile bridge called the Queensferry Crossing in Scotland which will be the structure will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world
With such magnificence being produced in the Civil Engineering sector, is it any wonder that the most talented Quantity Surveyors are flocking to these projects with the desire to be part of history. Yearly, millions of tourists are drawn to landmarks created by Civil Engineering, you certainly won’t see the same numbers vying to get a picture standing in front of a Build structure. Just how many people posing in front office blocks do you see over your Facebook?
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